Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Sex Scandals Take Down K-Pop Stars Jung Joon-young and Seungri

Sex Scandals Take Down K-Pop Stars Jung Joon-young and Seungri

Yong said he had received a clip that another entertainer had recorded without the woman's consent and then participated in "inappropriate conversations" about it.

A second Korean pop star has been swept up in the ongoing scandal involving the goings on at a nightclub in Seoul that's already led to one famous star bowing out of the entertainment industry indefinitely.

It's a blemish on South Korea's leading cultural export that's spawned the creation of a Seoul Metropolitan Police unit to look into the matter.

Both Seungri - a member of boy band BIGBANG - and Jung, announced their retirement from show business earlier this week.

"I admit to all of my sins". More than anything, I kneel and apologize to the women who appear in the videos who have learned of this disgusting truth as the incident has come to light, and to the many people who must be angry at the situation over which they can not contain their disappointment and astonishment.

"I'm sorry for causing concerns to the people".

In this July 29, 2014, file photo, members of Big Bang Seungri, left, G-Dragon, centre, and Taeyang, pose for photos during a promotional event in Hong Kong. The firm's stock price slid 14 percent on Monday, but has regained some ground since.

Some 126 officers are now part of the criminal investigation that includes members from the narcotics unit, serious crime squad, a regional investigation unit, and a cyber investigation team.

That report followed closely on the heels of a report that a man who had reported sexual abuse at Burning Sun, a club Seungri is widely thought to have been involved in running, was beaten by the police who arrived on the scene, suggesting possible collusion between the police and the club management. Seungri also stands accused of providing prostitutes for wealthy investors.

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Seungri, Yoo and singer Jung Joon-young were interrogated by the police on Thursday as suspects in the scandal, each on different potential charges. "I will faithfully cooperate with an investigation by police that will start on Thursday and I will readily accept whatever punishment is in store for me", the publication quoted Jung Joon-young as saying.

At least 10 victims have been identified by authorities at this time.

This is not the first time Jung has been accused of filming a sexual encounter without consent.

Like Seungri, Jung announced that he also would be leaving the industry following the accusations made against him. However, the case was dropped after a private digital forensics company contracted to retrieve the potentially illicit material said that nothing could be obtained from his mobile device.

The police in charge of the case in August 2016 had asked the fix center recovering Jung's cellphone to give a written statement that it was impossible to recover the data on the mobile phone, the whistleblower said on local news outlet SBS.

"What a scumbag. I am ashamed to say I used to be a BIGBANG fan", said Jenny Eusden, an English teacher in South Korea.

In his apology released yesterday, the K-pop singer said he was quitting the entertainment industry.

Choi calls the problem "deep-rooted" and asserts it will not be easy to change the culture.

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